Spring Break Adventure – Hugs in Elementary

A first grade boy, running into my office from P.E. this morning,

Please, check my forehead, Miss Denise, cause I feel hot!”

Motioning the small frame six year old to my desk, I opened the drawer.

Pulling out the grey box, which houses the ticket for either staying in school, or the “please come pickup your child,” The Thermometer.

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“No Samuel, I’m not seeing a temperature.”

“Do you think you can make it to lunch, and we can see how you feel then?” I asked.

The boy, one who never complains, agreed with a nasal sound to his voice, “Yes, I can make it to lunch.”

As he turned to leave, I asked if his mother was home from work today.

“Yes, she is home packing, cause we are goanna to sleep in the car for two days!”

“Sleep in the car for two days?” Running the possibility through my mind, as I know his Dad is a teacher, and his Mom is a RN at the local hospital.

“Sleep in the car?” I asked again.

Samuel

“Yep, sleep one night in a motel, and live in the car for two days!”

“Two days?” I questioned.

With renewed joy and health to his step, just from talking about his adventure, Samuel called back to me,

“We’re going to Arkansas for Spring break, and we’re goanna live in the car for two days!”

Chuckling to myself, I called his Mom. Sure enough, Mom was home packing for a family vacation to visit relatives, and true to her calling, Mom came right on up to check on him.

Finding her slightly congested boy, running and playing, and stopping long enough to take a decongestant.

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By the time the school bell rang at 3:10, Samuel was ready for the

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Spring Break adventure of living in the car for two days!!

Travel

On The Wings of the Cardinal Birds

We don’t often get snow in Oklahoma.

As I looked 

Out our window today...
Out our window today…

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I couldn’t not help but be reminded

of the Red Cardinals of Elementary:)

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Second grade students,

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(About 7 to 8 year’s old)

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painting the red of their hearts

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on the wings of the Cardinal bird.

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Yep, we got snow Abby girl,

let’s go out and play!! 

We got our snow!!
We got our snow!!

Hurray!!!

Warm Fleecy Pajamas

Warming off

After a full day of activities,

and wearing

warm fleecy pajamas,

on P.J. day at school,

(as we were preparing to

pack up to leave for the year),

the principal’s granddaughter

stepping outside

into the cool of the air

exclaimed,

“Mimi, I’m “warming off!”

“Mimi, I’m warming off!” 

 

Mrs. J. and I 

stopped. 

Thought about what

Rainee said, and

“giggled with joy”

as children!


 

I am always amazed

at a child’s “point of view!”

Reminding me once again,

of Jesus’ words to

“become like children.” Matthew 18:2

 

God’s view doesn’t see things the way we do.

Who’s to say she’s not “warming off?”

When you think about,

Isn’t that what she’s really doing?

I feel better now!
I feel better now!

 

“For MY thoughts are not your

Thoughts,

Neither are your ways

My ways,

Declares the LORD”

Isaiah 55:8 (ESV)

The Fire to Turn the Heart

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My Dad and I

“And he will turn the hearts of the fathers

 to their children and the hearts of the children

 to their fathers…” Malachi 4:16 (ESV)

 

I’m perplexed, daily,

by this last verse in the Old Testament.

“…to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children…”

How is this accomplished Lord? 


 

I was blessed with a wonderful earthly father

whose heart was always

turned toward me.

Even when I needed a beating

for making a wrong choice or

heading down the path of destruction.

In his love and attention,

I always knew his heart was for me.

His life choices reflected this truth

I felt it in my heart.


 

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Daily I see,

Children who once came through

the open school door

happy and smiling.

Now enter,

as dead men,

with rattling chains

and bones.

 

When a passing smile in the hallway,

brought joy and a smile in return from theirs.

Now, a trip to the Office for a “belly ache”

and a tear of truth no band aide,

or remedy can cure.

 

“He will turn the father’s hearts to the children.”


 

Lord, we need Your Holy Spirit more and more.

Draw them Lord,

Lead them home,

Fetch their wandering eyes,

And bring their fathers home.

 

The hearts of Your children are broken.

Sadden by the choices their parents do make.

In this season of joy and gladness,

You are the Miracle it takes!

 

No hug or smile will bind the wounds

Too deep to aide or cover.

Lord, I’m asking You restore,

Repair,

and return their parents,

One to Love each other.

 

May Your Holy Spirit burn brighter

Than any Christmas tree,

As You heal the hearts of

Your children, and

Return their fathers

To Thee.”

 

Come home


 

What’s the answer Lord?

Hebrew Word for “Turn” – #7725

Shuwb (shoob)

Sheen – ש  – picture of fire – consuming fire.

Vav   – ו – picture of a nail – as joined together.

Bet –  ב  – picture of a tent –  a house or heart where the Holy Spirit lives.

Word picture truth:

  • Consuming Fire joined to the heart.

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New Testament Scripture Truth: (Same Scripture as Malachi 4:16) 

“And he (speaking John his name means Grace in Hebrew)

…and he will go before Him (speaking of Jesus) in the

Spirit and power of Elijah (Grace)

To turn the hearts of the fathers to

The children…”Luke 1:16-17 (ESV)

Yardinet Baptism site - Jordan River, Israel
Yardinet Baptism site – Jordan River, Israel

John’s first words to the people,

“I baptize you with water,

 but He Who is mightier than I is coming

…He will baptizing you

 with the Holy Spirit

 and fire.” Luke 3:16 (ESV)


Life truth:

It takes the Grace of Christ,

And the Power of His Holy Spirit

To “turn” and change the

Hearts of men and women

To their children.

Jesus is the Miracle

Of this Season,

The Light, Truth and Power

Beyond ALL of man’s reason!

God bless and may there be

Joy, healing and

Restoration

as

Hearts “turn” to the

Father.

In Jesus Name.

Amen

It’s all about Hugs in Elementary – Friendship

Friendship

Friendship…was the “word”

for the day in our morning

announcements.

 – Friend and ship –

We sail this life together.

These boys have it 

“arms round!”

 

“…a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

Ecclesiastes 4:12 (ESV)

 

Awesome Extraction!

Awesome!
All smiles in Elementary!

In the embrace of a morning hug,

on her daily stop into the Elementary office,

the ten year old sister,

of one of our first grade boys,

report her brother’s

recent dental surgery experience.

 

When I asked how Cody was doing,

after having an ill position tooth removed,

Lillee, enthusiastically

repeated brother’s story.

 

“Sissy, having surgery is awesome!

You get to have all the yogurt,

macaroni and cheese

and ice cream you can eat!”

 

Oh, to have Cody’s

“awesome” response!

 

When life

gets to “pulling out”

something unexpected,

may we react

with the same youthful

enthusiasm!

Turning ALL our

“Extractions” into

an Awesome Smiles!


 Disclaimer:

The names have been changed to protect the innocent!

It’s All About a “Hug” in Elementary – “Questions Handled”

An incident ensued in the Elementary bathroom.

Two students were brought to the

Principal’s office for questioning.

 Conflicting stories were given

by both eight year old girls.

The Principal requested another girl

from the Second grade to come

to the Office concerning

the “horse play.”  

 

Over the intercom to the classroom,

the Second grade teacher was asked

to send her student to the Office.

 

Not knowing the circumstances of the request,

the reluctant child walked towards the Office

unsure if she was facing pending doom

from the unexpected summons.  

 

Miss Cheryl, the teacher assistance on duty,

attempted to assure the hesitant girl

she was NOT in trouble.

“Shelby, Mrs. Ryan

just wants to ask you a few questions.”

 

Shelby, relieved at hearing

this unexpected good news,

enthusiastically

threw her jubilant hands

up into the air

loudly exclaiming,   

“Questions I can handle! Trouble No!”

 

Spoken with the truth of a child!

 Isn’t this how we all feel on any given day!

Questions yes, trouble no!

 

Thank you for the “Hug” Shelby,

you made us laugh

in the most elementary way!

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Round and round they go…Another day to play in Elementary!

 

 

Disclaimer:

The names have been changed to protect the innocent!

This I know…

An electrifying three inch rain fell during the annual elementary dance. The call was made and across ankle deep water, painted toes and glittery sandaled footed students made their way to the storm shelter. Children accustomed to gym shorts and sunshine, lifted ankle length dresses to cross rising waters in the parking lot. Familiar emergency drills throughout the school year resulted in an organized evacuation of the cafeteria, but the outcome of the activity could have never been anticipated.  Continue reading “This I know…”